When you find yourself frustrated, full of questions, and confused–-do you forget all that God has done for you? Do you forget God’s very teachings? Or do you live a life remembering all that God has done?
If you’re anything like me, you forget. A little while ago, I talked about my forgetfulness, and how God graciously called me to remember all that He has done (Click Here to Read that Blog). Then I started to think about what this actually looks like in life. How do you and I remember all that God has done in our lives? How do we remember the very words He has spoken into our hearts?
Over the last few years in my walk with Christ, God has placed people and different Bible studies that have helped shaped what remembering looks like in practice–not just something in theory. I thought I would share the ways I try (because I’m still learning) to remember God’s word in my life:
1. Get Into God’s Word
When I am in the Word and actively reading about God, the Holy Spirit reminds me of the very truths I have forgotten. The scary part is sometimes I didn’t even know I had forgotten God’s truth. Getting into God’s Word allows our hearts to be reminded of the truths about our Heavenly Father. It directs our focus on the things of God’s kingdom instead of the earth.
2. Prayer Journal
This is a must in my personal walk with Christ. I could write a completely separate blog about this, but my prayer journal has been an awesome way for me to look back on all that God has done in my life and even the different things He has taught me. I write my prayers in my prayer journal, which allows me to be focused when I talk to God. It also gives me something to look back on. I can go back and look at my prayers from the past and see the prayers God has answered. I also take notes in my journal; that allows me to look at notes from sermons at church or even small group discussion points.
3. Godly Mentor(s)
I have a couple of different women in my life (both older) who have discipled me in my walk with Christ. This is so crucial, simply because I cannot walk this journey alone. I need (we need) people cheering me (us) on the journey. When Paul was writing to Timothy in his second letter, Paul says, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Paul was mentoring, or discipling, Timothy. Paul reminds Timothy of the strength we have in Christ. Not only did Paul remind Timothy of where his strength comes from, but he also encouraged Timothy to spread the gospel to others. The mentors I have in my life genuinely remind me of where my strength comes from (especially in those low moments) and also point me towards sharing my faith with others.
One of my favorite ways to reconnect with the Lord is through worship–in the car, getting ready, pretty much anywhere at anytime. More often than not, God uses worship to speak to me. When I stand before the Lord and worship, I can only be in awe of Him; I can’t think about my problems or even the things I desire–only Him! Praising God gives the opportunity to see Him and be reminded of His goodness, new every morning mercy, unending love, abundant grace, and unexplainable peace. When we worship (and by worship I mean heart wide open, probably ugly crying, hands raised, maybe even bowed knees with your face to the ground kind of worship), our hearts are aligned with God and we are reminded of the multiple promises He has generously given to us!
It’s absolutely amazing how God uses community. In Hebrews, the author writes, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” These two verses say so much! We should meet with other believers so we can be encouraged by the work God is doing not only in our lives, but in the lives of others. When we talk about how God is moving in the hearts of others, it produces more love towards God and other people, as well as a desire to do more good works with the Lord. For the seasons of my life when I have felt like God isn’t moving, meeting with community (other believers walking the same journey) has encouraged me to see the places God is at work and He hasn’t forgotten about me. Not only can community help show you where God is working, but your community is walking with you on the journey of faith. They know where your struggling in your walk, so they too can remind you of the promises of God–whether that’s planned time with community (like a small group) or unplanned community (like hanging out at a coffee shop)! I cannot tell you how thankful I am for my community that reminds me of the promises of God!
So what now?
Get into God’s Word, grab a notebook to start prayer journaling, find a mentor, worship, and gather your community. It will be worth it! Before you know it, you will experience God in a whole new way!